CHAPTER 6Reviewing Logs and Monitoring

Hijackings and poor maintenance habits have the same consequences: disaster. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's tragic. Every once in a blue moon we'll hear about a commercial airplane that has crashed due to mechanical failure. Investigators immediately go to the crash site to get to work sifting through the wreckage looking for survivors but also for clues about why the tragedy occurred. Although the mystery of why the plane went down may or may not be solved, the real tragedy is that, statistically speaking, planes crash more often than not because of malfunctioning hardware, not because of poor maintenance habits. Airline maintenance crews who stick to a steadfast and detailed maintenance ...

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